Commander Puretide (651-731.M41)[2b] was a legendary Tau Commander during the Second Sphere of Expansion of the Tau Empire.
His campaigns greatly expanded the Tau Empire and many Tau septs were founded through the efforts and sacrifices of his warriors. The Septs of Elsy'eir and Tash'var owe their existence to his victories, and it is said that his brilliant tactics in long-range firepower and maneuver made battle unenjoyable for even the Orks.[2d] He later opposed the human Imperial expeditionary forces of the Damocles Crusade leading the Tau defenders of Dal'yth, a major Tau sept. He was seriously wounded near the end of his life[2a] by raiders while inspecting his troops, and now unable to effectively lead his men he retreated to Mount Kan'ji on Dal'yth. There, he spent the rest of his days[2a] as a hermit writing philosophy, developing doctrine, and teaching a new generation of Fire Warriors.[2a]
Puretide is known for his treatise upon war written after his retirement from active duty. It teaches a balanced, variable, and flexible approach. Many Fire Warriors have read and studied his work, but almost none have been able to fully assimilate and understand all his teachings. Most are only able to grasp and focus themselves on one aspect among several, and his greatest students have been placed into cryogenic stasis by the Ethereals in hopes of being unfrozen in the future when they are needed. The greatest among Puretide's disciples are O'Shovah, O'Shaserra and O'Kais.[2a]
As he approached death, Puretide's mind was scanned and his accumulated memories were cast into the Puretide Engram Neurochip, allowing future Tau Commanders to draw upon his tactical brilliance for future operations.[2c]
He was mentioned by Shas'O Kais and the Imperial records during Kronus Campaign, He is known for stopping the Greenskin assault and eradicating large number of greenskins in the lush jungles of Kronus on the southern part of planet, however even he could not exterminate Orks from Kronus once and for all.[Needs Citation]
- 1: Codex: Tau Empire (4th Edition), pg. 13
- 2: Codex: Tau Empire (6th Edition)
- 3: Codex: Tau Empire (7th Edition), Commanders - Commander Puretide